Quotes of Mercy





Thomas Aquinas

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.  Thomas Aquinas

For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. Thomas Aquinas

The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth. Thomas Aquinas

The things that we love tell us what we are. Thomas Aquinas

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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. –Augustine

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. – Augustine

A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.  –Augustine

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Richard Baxter              

Holiness is nothing else but the habitual and predominant devotion and dedication of soul, and body, and life, and all that we have to God; and esteeming, and loving, and serving, and seeking Him, before all the pleasures and prosperity of the flesh. –Richard Baxter

Keep up a humble sense of your own faults, and that will make you compassionate to others  –Richard Baxter

This life was not intended to be the place of our perfection, but the preparation for it.  –Richard Baxter

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.  –Richard Baxter

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Hugh Binning

 “We are not our own, therefore we ought not to live to ourselves, but to God, whose we are.”  –Hugh Binning

“Self-knowledge is the mother of humility.”  –Hugh Binning

“You may – if your conscience urges you to despair and to conclude there is no hope, you may, I say, appeal from your conscience, from Satan, and from justice, unto Jesus Christ, who is holding out the scepter to you. The Minister calls you – rise and come, and stand no longer before that bar, for it is a subordinate judicatory and there is a way to redress you by a higher court of grace. You may say to justice, to Satan, to your own conscience – ‘It is true, I confess, that I deserve that sentence, I am guilty, and can say nothing against it, while I stand alone. But though I cannot satisfy (justice), and have nothing; yet there is one, Jesus Christ, who gave his life a ransom for many, and whom God has given as a propitiation for sins. He has satisfied and paid the debt in my name.’”   –Hugh Binning

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John Bunyan

If people really see that Christ has removed the fear of punishment from them by taking it into Himself, they won’t do whatever they want, they’ll do whatever He wants.-John Bunyan 

No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.-John Bunyan

You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan.-John Bunyan 

Grace can pardon our ungodliness and justify us with Christ’s righteousness; it can put the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us; it can help us when we are down; it can heal us when we are wounded; it can multiply pardons, as we through frailty multiply transgressions.-John Bunyan

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Thomas Chalmers

The best way to overcome the world, is not with morality or self-discipline. Christians overcome the world by seeing the beauty and excellence of Christ. They overcome the world by seeing something more attractive than the world—the Lord Jesus Christ!”      Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!” Song of Songs 5:  –Thomas Chalmers

The heart is not so constituted, and the only way to dispossess it of an old affection is by the expulsive power of a new one  –Thomas Chalmers

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John Chrysostom

If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.  –John Chrysostom

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.  –John Chrysostom

Be ashamed when you sin, don’t be ashamed when you repent [To repent means to have a change of heart and mind. It is not simply a feeling of sorrow ,but a psycho/spiritual growth away from evil/death and a turning to God/life]. Sin is the wound, repentance is the medicine. Sin is followed by shame; repentance is followed by boldness [ Boldness means to beg God for undeserved mercy]. Satan has overturned this order and given boldness to sin and shame to repentance.  –John Chrysostom

No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger.  –John Chrysostom

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Thomas A Kempis

In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection against our enemies; in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind; in the Cross is joy of spirit; in the Cross is excellence of virtue; in the Cross is perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross.   –Thomas a Kempis

If you want to learn something that will really help you, learn to see yourself as God sees you and not as you see yourself in the distorted mirror of your own self-importance.  –Thomas a Kempis

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Martin Luther King

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”  –Martin Luther King

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  –Martin Luther King

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”  – Martin Luther King

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”  – Martin Luther King

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  – Martin Luther King

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Martin Luther

The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands –Martin Luther

Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God– Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken. I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word Till soul and body sever, For, though all things shall pass away, HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER! –Martin Luther

Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not. –Martin Luther

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Thomas Manton

If a man would lead a happy life, let him but seek a sure object for his trust, and he shall be safe: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” He hath laid up his confidence in God, therefore his heart is kept in an equal poise. –Thomas Manton

 Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world. –Thomas Manton

 One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word. –Thomas Manton

Men in general do not live as if they looked to die; and therefore do not die as if they looked to live. –Thomas Manton

Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised. –Thomas Manton

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 John Newton

May we sit at the foot of the cross—and there learn . . . what sin has done, what justice has done, and what love has done.  –John Newton

For the most part, the Lord’s children are a poor and afflicted people.  The Lord chooses poverty as the safest state for them in this ensnaring world.  –John Newton

The whole of our profession may be comprised in looking unto Jesus—to take our eyes off from other objects, especially from ourselves, and to fix them upon Him!  –John Newton

I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am   –John Newton

Although my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.  –John Newton

When people are right with God, they are apt to be hard on themselves and easy on other people. But when they are not right with God, they are easy on themselves and hard on others.  –John Newton

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William Romaine

For what St. Augustine said is true, that one can sing nothing worthy of God save what one has received from Him. Wherefore though we look far and wide we will find no better songs nor songs more suitable to that purpose than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit made and imparted to him. Thus, singing them we may be sure that our words come from God just as if He were to sing in us for His own exaltation. Wherefore, Chrysostom exhorts men, women, and children alike to get used to singing them, so as through this act of meditation to become as one with the choir of angels.  –William Romaine

In books I converse with men, in the Bible I converse with God. –William Romaine

Gratitude to God makes even a temporal blessing a taste of heaven.  –William Romaine

I will answer for it, the longer you read the Bible, the more you will like it; it will grow sweeter and sweeter; and the more you get into the spirit of it, the more you will get into the spirit of Christ.  –William Romaine

Richard Sibbes

There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.  –Richard Sibbes

God is goodness itself, in whom all goodness is involved. If therefore we love other things for the goodness which we see in them, why do we not love God, in whom is all goodness? All other things are but sparks of that fire, and drops of that sea. If you see any good in the creature, remember there is much more in the Creator. Leave therefore the streams, and go to the fountainhead of comfort.  –Richard Sibbes

Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise. Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.  –Richard Sibbes

Measure not God’s love and favour by your own feeling. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof.  –Richard Sibbes

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Octavius Winslow

Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money; not Pilate, for fear; not the Jews, for envy; – but the father, for love!  –Octavius Winslow

Behold in faith the sinless, spotless Lamb of God as having already borne that weight, as having suffered for those sins, as having died for those transgressions, and accept the precious truth that it was God’s eternal love that laid them all on Jesus, and that nothing is left for you to do but to believe in Jesus, that He saves to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him.   –Octavius Winslow

Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to his lips, drank it to its dregs, then filled it with his sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!  –Octavius Winslow

Seasons vary, circumstances change, feelings fluctuate, friendships cool, friends die, but Christ is ever the same.  –Octavius Winslow

You are not called to believe in your love to God, but in God’s love to you! Do not argue, ‘I cannot love God! I have striven to my uttermost to do so, but have failed in all my endeavors, until in despair I have abandoned the thought and relinquished the attempt.’ Be it so- no effort of your own can strike a spark of love to God from your heart. Nor does God demand the task at your hands. All that He requires of you is faith in His love, as embodied and expressed in Jesus Christ to poor sinners.  –Octavius Winslow